Republic Bank Launches Programme For Women Entrepreneurs Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, August 9, 2021 – Republic Bank has partnered with BPD Associates Limited to launch its first ever Entrepreneurs Business Builder programme. The programme which launches today, August 9, aims to assist established women entrepreneurs with creating technology-enabled, sustainable and profitable businesses. The Group-wide initiative will bring together, in one virtual space, 150 women entrepreneurs from around the Caribbean region as the programme will be facilitated in Anguilla, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Maarten, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and Suriname. The mixed-mode programme will run in two phases. Phase 1 allows for self-paced online learning, interactive group sessions with facilitators, and opportunities for community-driven networking. The top 20 women from Phase 1 will move onto phase 2, where participants will receive customized guidance and mentorship to implement plans into the daily operations of their businesses. Investing in the development of our SMEs, especially our women-owned businesses, ensures that we as a region continue along our path to Sustainable Development. Commenting on the launch, Executive Director of Republic Bank, Mr. Derwin Howell said, “This Group-wide initiative also aligns with our commitments to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Banking. By training our female entrepreneurs to create avenues for technological advancement and innovation in their business practices and by ensuring that these practices are environmentally safe and sustainable, we ensure that the future of our Caribbean is in good hands.” Women who are interested in becoming a part of the first cohort of the Entrepreneur Business Builder Programme can get more information via the banks’ website and apply online at https://www.republicpromotions.com/ebb/. The deadline for applications is September 9, 2021.